My Makes · My Neighborhood

More autumn goodness + new and finished projects

Gingko trees are some of the most beautiful and interesting trees I know of. I read somewhere that these ancient trees were around at the time of dinosaurs, and their species has no living relatives. There are dozens of these living fossils throughout my neighborhood, and they turn a stunning shade of gold each autumn.… Continue reading More autumn goodness + new and finished projects

My Makes · My Neighborhood

Halloween Greetings! A peek at Autumn

Happy Halloween! I promise I haven't "ghosted" my blog (feel free to groan... 🙂 I've really let some time pass between postings. I have no better excuse than my work duties have exponentially increased recently. By the end of December, I should have a very, very welcome reprieve, which includes a trip back to the… Continue reading Halloween Greetings! A peek at Autumn

Free Patterns · My Makes

Riot granny scarf debut + free pattern link

The finishing touches have been added to my granny square scarf, a free pattern by Wool Thread Paint, made with King Cole Riot yarn in shade "Waterways." The pattern was fast-moving and the frequent color changes made it fun to work on. I used a 4mm hook throughout, and it took just under three skeins… Continue reading Riot granny scarf debut + free pattern link

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Afternoon trip to Gyeongsan’s Bangokji reservoir

My second summer "staycation" in Korea has included a number of local day trips that have increased my appreciation for the area I live in. I've always thought of Gyeongsan as a booming college town, but it also encompasses a lot of farmland and charming pockets of "boondocks" countryside and small bodies of water to… Continue reading Afternoon trip to Gyeongsan’s Bangokji reservoir

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Happy Mother’s Day, neighborhood lake walk & crafty bits

Happiest Mother's Day to all the moms and all those who "mother" in some way. Mothering is a creative gift of the heart, no matter its object. There was a brisk wind yesterday which gave a lovely, gentle wave to the lake in my neighborhood. My pup Bo relishes these walks. Today in particular it… Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day, neighborhood lake walk & crafty bits

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Part 2: Spring blossoming on campus w/video

I couldn’t resist sharing a few more photos and video of the height of Spring. The lilacs are out now, too, so that means I’d better hurry and get my yearly bunch before they’re gone. Video shows the petals dropping and giving the landscape its soft-focus appearance. I heard the call of pheasants today, too,… Continue reading Part 2: Spring blossoming on campus w/video

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Reader’s wrap and Christmas tree update

PHOTOS: Detail of the reader's wrap. I'm using Berroco Ultra Alpaca in camel and a 6mm hook. Just a quick hello to update on my reader's wrap, which is almost ready for pockets and fringe. I'm really enjoying using a slightly thicker yarn than I usually do! The pattern is moving quickly. This is a… Continue reading Reader’s wrap and Christmas tree update

Expat in Korea

A peek at Autumn in Korea, plus crafty doings

Hard to believe that it's been two weeks since my last post! I've been a bit bogged down by work, family matters, and attention to the U.S. election. I have been faithfully keeping up with my crafty projects, even though they've slowed down for the moment. After the end of the semester, I'll definitely devote… Continue reading A peek at Autumn in Korea, plus crafty doings

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Autumn forest walk with Bo, and some current WIPs

October is the most beautiful month in Korea, in my humble opinion. I made time this week for a forest walk with my pup, having in mind to admire the foliage in all its fiery glory. PHOTOS: Forest walking with Bo this week. Autumn colors are out in full effect. I'm not familiar with all… Continue reading Autumn forest walk with Bo, and some current WIPs

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A peek at early Autumn in my neighborhood, plus WIPs

If I could pause this weather pattern and keep it all year long, I would. Warm, bright days and cool nights suit me, and so do the colors of this season. Right now, cosmos are in full bloom around my neighborhood and on campus. PHOTOS: Top, my boy enjoying a lunchtime walk. Cosmos field at… Continue reading A peek at early Autumn in my neighborhood, plus WIPs